Winter Storage

Posted on October 13th, 2015 by admin0 under News, Tech Tips.

Planning on storing your car for the winter months?  If so, please take a minute and read these tips.

To prevent fuel deterioration and corrosion, add fuel stabilizer to your fuel then fill your gas tank.   Drive your car for 15 – 20 minutes to make sure the stabilizer has had time to circulate completely through the system.  To minimize condensation in the fuel tank, it is recommended to fill it to maximum.

Changing the engine oil will prevent internal rust and corrosion.  For water cooled cars, test the antifreeze levels and if needed; flush and refill the cooling system with new coolant, typically every two years.  Brake fluid flushes are also on the two year schedule.  So if it has been two years, it is a good idea to flush and refill with new brake fluid.  Keep the differentials and transmission fluid to maximum level during storage to decrease moisture levels.

Today’s cars have many computers and memory systems.  They will drain your battery even when your car is off and not in use for many weeks.  A battery maintainer is highly recommended to maintain the electrical charge on your car’s battery.  When a battery is not in use or is disconnected, the battery’s internal plates become sulfated and cause premature battery failure.  The vehicle should also be locked in order for the computers to “go to sleep.”  With a maintainer, the battery’s life becomes longer and keeps its capacity restored.

Even the softest car covers will scratch your paint job unless your paint is clean.  Have your car washed and waxed just prior to storage.  Never cover your car with plastic tarps, this will not only scratch your paint, but it can also trap moisture in and under your car.  Discourage the rodents from nesting inside your car by getting the interior detailed.  Get rid of all the crumbs and random debris for eating and nesting. We recommend purchasing peppermint oil and putting a few drops onto cotton balls and placing the oiled cotton balls inside a small dish or screen mesh container, then place them around the car’s interior, engine compartment and trunk.

If your car has a convertible top, always store the car with the top up to prevent creases and permanent wrinkles.

Spray a paint safe lubricant to all your car’s hinges, latches and handles. Also, key lock cylinders if applicable.

Over pressurize your tires to maximum pressure listed on the tire to prevent flat spots and compensate for loss of air during storage.  Make sure to recheck your tire pressure when you go to drive your car.

One more note.  Regardless if your car is in your garage or a storage unit, please make sure to keep your comprehensive insurance active in the event of an unforeseen problem.

So when you pull your baby out on those rare beautiful winter days or in the spring, your car will be ready and waiting!

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